Showing posts with label rose lace stole. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rose lace stole. Show all posts

Monday, August 8, 2011

Episode 15: Proofreading

Need to make a minor retraction - when I reviewed Twist Collective last time, I failed to realize that when you click on the "More Information" button especially in the Paper Dolls section you can see the patters on real people. Thanks to heyfatlulu for pointing that out.

Off the Needles

Completed the Cabled Feather Cowl. Sarah loved it, and she came up with a new term to always give me a chuckle when I am cursing over weaving in ends: Proofreading. 

On the Needles

Still working on the Bramble Beret; I messed up in my stitch count in one of the cable repeats so I am debating to either fudge it, tink it or keep going - I am more of the keep going/fudge it school; Leah won't notice it too much because it's only on one of the repeats and its towards the top.

Right now it's on scrap yarn because I needed the 16" cable for a cowl I am designing; I got some yarn recently  and didn't like the patterns available for that DK weight yarn for a cowl - went to my Cables and Arans Harmony Guide and looked for a bit of inspriation. 

Stashers Anonymous

So you know how I am talking about ways to get over knitter's block? Well...getting new yarn that you normally cannot get in an update from indie dyers helps a bit too. Even though MS&W was recent and I added to the stash there as well, and was a bit overwhelmed by it there are just times when there was a yarn when you have wanted/kept and eye on  for a very long time and if you have the chance to get it, you do. It's like waiting for months and months for a pair of boots that you like to go on sale and when they do, you take the opportunity. Especially if you do have plans for it which is usually my MO.

I was able to get a skein of Leah Clearwater from Fresh from the Cauldron in a June 1 update from her new site. I really wanted it b/c the colors are lovely: plum, rose pink, brown, mint green, kelly green and also to knit something for my sister with it beacause her name is Leah - she approved.

I may be able to get two cable hats out of this - going for the very slightly slouchy look and I am going to design these as well - I looked at what was available for fingering weight hats, and they were either too slouchy, too lacy/leafy or too poofy for me. I sound like Goldilocks here, but this is also a good opportunity for me to flex my brain a bit too. Again, I think I am going to go for a dense fabric, and intertwining cables. One word about this yarn: SQOOSH.

Prior to that, I actually caught a Skein update! Skein is an indie dying company run by Kristen in New South Wales Australia. I've had my eye on her yarn for quite awhile and never seem to catch an update, and love her use of color - bright but still subtle and rich earthy and jewel tones.

I did get a skein of Super DK 100% SW Merino in Blush (deep rose pink and cream with hints of rosewood, wine and burgundy) which is what I am using for the cowl I am designing, and a skein of TopDraw Sock 85/15 Merino/Nylon in Tuscany: cream, brown, red, sienna - both of these are not my usual colors but I loved them a lot.

Tuscany reminds me of my honeymoon in Italy when we were in Florence. Stitch definition on the Super DK is excellent - the cables really pop! So I am definitely going to buy from Skein again, especially for sweaters since it would be a great investment. I definitely see this yarn knit up in either the Goodale, Larch, or cardigans.

And then...there are the Harry Potter skeins. Tri'Coterie is run by Maylin who is in France and does alot of self-striping sock yarn; every month is a theme and this month is Harry Potte, so I picked up Ravenclaw for me, Gryffindor as part of Leah's birthday gift. 

Knitting Travels

Summer in the city means outdoor knitting in beer gardens; the NY Times recently published an article about them. A few weeks ago, No Sheep Till Brooklyn met up at t.b.d., a beer garden in Greenpoint that is close by where we usually meet. Hung out at Spritzenhaus on WWKIP Day which was also the day of Renegade Brooklyn.


Did not complete my Rose Lace Stole (evil Provisional Cast On) but I had a lot of fun hosting. Congrats to phoenixfire and lapurplepenguin! They will receive stitch markers from Velvet Hippo.

I do have a prize/sponsor for a future KAL from Creatively Dyed and would like to hear from you about what you would like for us to do next.


Thanks again for your patience during the (unintended) hiatus and for this episode which is a bit of a catch-up epi.

Closing Song: "Take Back the City" by Snow Patrol from A Hundred Million Suns

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Episode 12: Back from the South

Off the Needles:

I completed the Monkey Socks! 

Now that I have finished my first Cookie A pattern, I'm looking to start another of the free patterns that also re-appear in - which pair of cookie a socks should I knit next? Any suggestions? 

On the Needles

The Castle Pullover is scarily entering a state of the glove compartment of my parents' car. 

I also began my first Ysolda project: Ripley

Knitting Finds
The new Knitscene is out - great first summer issue! Love the Amy Christoffers section the best. Still puzzled over the French Creek skirt and the Clipper Mitts.
Knitting Travels
Went to South Carolina with side trips to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and to Savannah. MEt up with my friend Mary Beth and had Chick-fil-A and went to Hobby Lobby. AMAZING. Petted an angora bunny at the Biltmore Estate. Picked up Twisted Sisters Petite Voodoo in Grean Teas(e) and Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk in Kiwi from Wild Fibre in Savannah. Knitted in the golf cart while Mel played golf (I refuse to play since I stink at it and I'm left-handed; no left-handed set of clubs to be had in his family). Drank alot of Arnold Palmers.
Confirmed that my Travelling Woman shawl is indeed cursed (horrible car karma) as we got a stuck in traffic for 3 hours on I-95, got caught in the 62 tornadoes along the VA/NC border, got a nail in the tire and discovered it in Asheville, the gas gauge broke AND stuck in traffic for another three hours heading into Staten Island. In that order.
Events and Knit-A-Longs

Ravelry Meet-up at Knitty City was two weeks ago. 

Maryland Sheep and Wool vendors are UP! I have started my preparation by making a list of what I want to get yarn for and taking stock of what I have.

Beginning a Knit-A-Long for the Rose Lace Stole from Interweave Knits, Spring 2011 with Kristin of the Yarngasm podcast. Here are the rules (taken from Kristin's blog, as she wrote them out wonderfully):

  • The KAL officially begins May 1st.
  • On that day, Kristin and I will post a thread in our Ravelry groups for participating listeners to discuss the KAL and share their progress, etc.
  • Choose a group (Team YarnGasm or Team Subway Knits-- it really doesn't matter, this is just for fun)
  • KAL ends June 30th. On that date, Maria and I will pick 1 winner from each group using a random number generator.
  • Each winner will receive a set of stitch markers from Velvet Hippo.

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